St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of April 29 , 2018
From the Rector
As I'm about to celebrate my 28th anniversary of ordination, refreshed and renewed by my retreat two weeks ago, I want to give thanks to the Lord for this extraordinary journey. There is no doubt that I had no idea where the Spirit was going to lead me and how my life will be changed. I'm amazed by what I have seen during all these years; joys and sorrows, the many and various ways the Lord has touched my life, and the many and various ways I saw the Lord touched others' lives. I can only say one thing, thank you Lord!

As your Vestry is exploring new ways to serve the community and to use our facilities during the week, I was contacted by two ladies who would like to start a new Montessori School here at St Luke's. They envision a typical day that would begin at  6:30 am with a before-school program and conclude at  6:00 with an after-school program. The school would be for 3 to 6 years old at first. We don't know yet what is going to happen. In an informal discussion during our Vestry meeting last Tuesday, we shared our first thoughts; thoughts of excitement about new possibilities, but also thoughts of reservations, and concerns. We have so many questions to think about! If we decided to go further, it would mean that part of our facilities, namely the classrooms in the back of the Parish Hall, the nursery, and another room, would not be available to us during the week from Monday to Friday. Some events like DSCA and VBS would not be affected by the school, but we would need to be careful in our scheduling. The Vestry is going to look at the benefits and potential issues, do some homework, ask for advice and work with the diocese before we make a final decision. This school won't be a parochial school owned and operated by St. Luke's, but a private School run by a certified and experienced Montessori teacher with good credentials. That means that the school would just lease our space. Christian Education would be proposed, too. I know that St Luke's had a school in the past, and I know that its closure was not easy. But the past is the past. Let us be focused on the future and how to serve our own community better.

Let us see where the Spirit is going to lead us! 

With love and thankfulness for this wonderful congregation!

Fashion Show, Regrets
It is with great regret that we must cancel the Fashion Show scheduled for Saturday, May 5. Those who bought tickets may see one of the committee members ( Carol Sweeden Jean Ehlers, Beth Shaw, Jan Leonard, Eileen Griffin, Barbara Brubaker, Carmen Welter) to receive a refund. Thank you to those of you who did purchase tickets and perhaps there will be a more ideal time for this event in the future.  The committee appreciates the interest and efforts put forth.
A special note for the Saturday evening people...
The wonderful concert of Prescott Chorale last Saturday ended later than expected, and too close from our service. As a consequence, the parking lot was full when you arrived, and some of you went back home. Those who were able to find a spot had difficulties getting in the Gathering Hall. Later, during the service, some members of the crew who cleaned the church and put back the pews in their place were pretty noisy. We heard whistling and yelling; it was very distracting. To be totally honest, because I was already inside, I did not notice most of the problems, just the whistling and noise. But some came to me later to share their feelings. To summarize, I heard, "We felt disrespected."

I sincerely apologize for these problems. I talked with Dennis Houser, who was not aware of them either, and Dennis apologized to me. During our staff meeting, on Thursday morning, we talked about this. It's never going to happen again. Worship is our priority. Beginning with the concert of the Prescott Chamber Orchestra this Saturday, we will reserve parking sports for the 5:30 service, even if the concert is supposed to end at 4:30 p.m. at the latest. We will also have signs asking for silence during the service. Dennis, for his part, will change the beginning time of his concerts for the next season.

UTO In-Gathering is May 13!
UTO encourages people to notice the good things that happen each day, give thanks to God for those blessings and make an offering for each blessing using an UTO Blue Box (available in the Gathering Hall).  100% of what is collected is distributed to support mission and ministry throughout The Episcopal Church and Provinces of the Anglican Communion.
Family Eucharist

Sunday, May 6, is the next monthly Family Eucharist, at 9:15 a.m. in the Meditation Room.

Bring your friends and family for a simple, warm service.
What a creation!
Did you know that Shane Denison made a special firepit for our Easter Vigil? He gave it to the church during Holy Week, and for the first time ever we had a beautiful and dignified fire to begin our Easter Vigil. 

 Thank you, Shane!
Outreach News
You may be wondering how the Outreach Commission distributes the money from the Outreach budget.  The Outreach Commission asks the following question "Does this organization's request fall within the scope of the Vision and Mission statement?" If the answer is yes then the organization is considered for a grant and the commission discusses the appropriate amount to be award and votes on it.

Click here for the Outreach Commission's vision and mission statements as well as the breakdown of organizations that received funding from the 2018 Outreach budget.

Next Outreach meeting will take place on Monday, May 14, at 4 p.m. in the Conference Room.
Celebrating Pentecost

In Acts we learn that there were Jews and Gentiles from every nation under heaven residing in Jerusalem at the first Pentecost and yet through the gift of the Holy Spirit most of them understood the message of Jesus as Savior. To commemorate this diversity and the power of the Holy Spirit we will be celebrating Pentecost this year (May 20) with an International Potluck after the 10:00 a.m. service.  

Pull out your mother's or grandmother's recipe book and find a recipe from your heritage to bring to the potluck. Or, pick a cuisine you enjoy (Mexican, Italian, Indian, Vietnamese, Polish, Iranian, maybe even French) and make a dish to bring.  

Questions:  Contact Mary Queen at
Highway Clean-up
The next clean-up of our stretch of Hwy 89, between mile posts 323 and 325, JUST north of the church, will take place on Saturday, May 12, from 8 a.m. to noon. Bring your smiles and gloves and meet at Gabby's parking lot in Chino Valley at 8 a.m. Please contact Eddie & Tigger Gillam for more information:
Pastoral Care Update
For all the updates on the work of the Pastoral Care Commission, including ways to serve others, please click here to read more!
It's Graduation Time!

Please let us know if someone in your family is graduating this year!! We'd like to know who it is, your relation to the graduate, and from where he/she is graduating!! Please call or send the details to the parish office at no later than May 17.

Arizona  Episcopal Cursillo Ministry
th Day Reunion - "Weave Us Together" 

LAST DAY TO REGISTER IS TUESDAY!  Click here for details.
See you there!!!

Rules for Cool Episcopalians
Learn about the Eucharist--it really is the presence of Jesus Christ.  Somewhere there is an Anglican theologian who agrees with you--so relax.  Recognize that we must do everything we can for the poor and marginalized.

Learn to laugh at yourself--Episcopalians are good at that.
Q.Why do Episcopalians always sit in the back row at church?
A. Because there are no seats in the parking lot. 

Source: Faith Rules by Ian Markham
Practicing Mindfulness Senior Group
A group for seniors who would like to connect with other seniors and learn what mindfulness is, how it can enrich your life, and practice it together in a relaxed and supportive environment.
Weekly on Tuesdays: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Location:  St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Prescott
To Register:  Please call 9280445-5211, ext 2672  
Brought to you by the Senior Peer Program of West Yavapai Guidance Clinic, focused on the health and wellness of persons over the age of 60.
For flyer, click  here !!

Check out the display of books, THE EPISCOPAL WAY, in the Parish Hall by the door to the Parish Library.  Whether you are new to the Episcopal Church or a life-long member you may find something of interest.  If the Spirit moves you venture into the library to see some of our many new additions. Our check out procedure is on the honor system.  Take home whatever you wish and when you are finished, simply return what you borrowed to the basket by the library door.  
Family Camp!
Save the Date: 
July 5-8, Chapel Rock
Family Camp for Families with Children and Youth of All Ages

Family Camp is an opportunity to unplug from the busyness of daily life and reconnect with your children and with the God who made you a family.
It is challenging in this over-programmed, screen-filled culture to take the time out to be present to the people in our families. Chapel Rock is a place where screens are put away and there is space and time to listen to God and to each other.
Look for more information about registration at

Click here for Family Camp Flyer!
Thanks for the yarn!
A huge THANK YOU to all who donated yarn for the knit & crochet effort this past month. We collected enough yarn to last us at least two years in making hat and scarves for the Warm for Winter Project (Coalition for Compassion & Justice) held in November, and the Hungry Kids Program held in December (Chino Valley).  If interested in helping to put the yarn to good use for these winter handouts, please contact Carol Covert 928-515-1630, and we'll connect. Thanks again for the overwhelming  "yarn generosity" here at St. Luke's!
Email Address for Epistle Submissions

Submissions for the weekly Epistle should be sent to: .

The  deadline f or submissions to the Weekly Epistle is the end of the day Tuesday for the week you would like it to appear.  The preferred method of submission is by email. Thanks for your cooperation!
Changes to Contact Information

If you have dropped your land line and have gone to ONLY using a cell phone, please notify the Parish Office. Call 928-778-4499, or email,, to let us know!!
Visit our website!
Be sure to visit our website,, every so often! There is a great section at the bottom of the Home page entitled "News & Updates" that contains information on recent events at St. Luke's along with some wonderful photos. 
Did you know we offer online giving?
St. Luke's offers secure online giving through Faithstreet. You may use this for a one-time gift or a recurring gift. Or, would you like to give with your bank account? You can set that up, too! To check it out, visit and click on the green icon, as pictured above, that says Give Online!
We acknowledge...
According to Resolution #2016-3, of the 56th Diocesan Convention:
We acknowledge the living culture of the Yavapai people, the traditional custodians of the land we stand on, and pay tribute to role they play in the life of this region.
Check out all our recent activity on Facebook!
Go to the St. Luke's Episcopal, Prescott, AZ, page, , and Like and Share posts that you feel comfortable supporting. By clicking on the link above or "Like us on Facebook" button below, you'll be taken directly to the St. Luke's Facebook page.
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Food Donation Program
Many thanks to all of you for your continued support each week of the weekly food donation program which benefits three area food banksThe counting of the food takes place each Monday and then is divided up for the three food banks.

For the week of April 21/22:  117 food items were collected!!
This week's shopping list: 
Canned beef, canned vegetables,tomato sauce, canned beans
Weekly Attendance & Giving
4/21-4/22/18:  Attendance - 281
                     Pledge - $ 6,204
      Plate - $ 991
Honoring Special Dates
April 29: Milo Harris
May 1: Alan Kessler, Foy Minnema, Mary Rivero, Fred Volpe
May 3: Eugene Morreno,  Sara Williman

May 2: J Barrie & Claire Clark, Darrell & Joy Cobb
Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J.,  Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Angela, Ashley, Barb, Barbara, Bea, Bee, Bettina, Bob, Brandon, Brien, Brittany, Bruce, Carol, Cathy, Chalys, Cheryl, Chris,  Christopher, Chuck, Claire, Connor, Daniel,  David, Denise, Dianne, Donald, Dott, Dylan, Ed, Enrique, Evelyn, Francis, Fred, Gavin, Gary, Gaye, Geoff, Gerry, Greg, Gregg & family, Gus, Hank, Harold & Wilma. Harris, Harry, Heidi, Ian, Ileen, Jack, Jack H., Jean, Jeanne, Jerry, Jim, Joe, Joel, Josh, Judith, Judy, Julie Ann, Julieann, Julia & Blake, June, Karin, Kay, Keena, Keith, Ken,  Kimball, Kira,  Kristi, Kynleigh, Larry, Lea, Lisa, Lynn, Madelon, Margaret, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Mary, Matt, Maxine, Melissa, Micaela, Michael, Michaela, Michele, Miriam, Nancy, Pam, Patricia, Paul, Paula, Penny, Percy, Peter,  Preston, Reed, Renita, Rich, Rick, Ron, Rosey, Ruth, Salem, Sandy, Shea, Sheri,Shirley, Skip, Steve, Steven, Susan, Susan S.,  Suzette, Tammy, Terri, Teresa, Timothy, Tina, Todd, Tom, Tom P., Trey, Tricia, Sue, Sue & Wally, Vicki, Vanessa, Walt, Warren, Zelma

...for those in our Armed Forces:
Echo, Brian
...for the Yavapai-Apache Nation
...for the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Dioceses of Central Florida and Central Gulf Coast
...for the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:  St. Peter's, Litchfield Park 
...for our companion Diocese:  Diocese of Navajoland
...for the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: Prescott Community Cupboard Food Bank, Prescott Valley Food Bank, Chino Valley Food Bank
Scripture Readings
Fifth Sunday of Easter 
Click  here for readings!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Psalm 122
Acts 15:1-6
John 15:1-8
Weekly Worship Assistants for April 28-29, 2018
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant: Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister: Trampus Tribbey
Greeters: Roger & Jane Peacock
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister: Nancy Carmichael
Greeters/Ushers: Marjorie Hultberg & Sally Phelps
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Assisting Priest:  Fr Jack Wolter
Sub-Deacon:  Monte Anderson
Chalice Minister:  Lucy Kemper
Chalice Minister:  Bill Christy & Carol Covert
Altar Minister: Sharon Tootle
Reader 1 Richard Schwartz
Reader 2:  Brenda Schwartz
Prayers: Wini Larson
Verger:  Barbara Sayle
Greeter:  Linda Taylor
Welcome Table:  Linda Taylor
Ushers: Ken & Peggy Wagner
Asst. Ushers:  Jack Parker & Tani Henderson
Oblationers: Linda King & Kathy Pessin
Altar Guild Team: Elsie Tyree, Pat Eaton, Sylvia McIntosh,
Pat Ogburn, Jane Peacock & Betsy Denison

Host Coffee Hour!!
Special thanks to those who host coffee hour after the 10 a.m. service. This is an important part of the fellowship of St. Luke's Church. 

No Host.  Please feel free to bring something to share.

Would you like to give Altar Flowers?
The 2018 flower chart is
now posted in the Gathering Hall!
Altar flowers are given in thanksgiving for our many blessings or a special event, in memory of a loved one, or to the glory of God. They are an offering that enrich our worship space. You may sign-up on the Altar Flowers poster on the bulletin board in the Gathering Hall.  The suggested donation is $55.00. This is a change due to increased cost. (however, any donation is accepted). If you would like to have a person or event named here, please notify the office.
Flowers: Mike & Lucy Kemper
Community Groups & Happenings at St. Luke's
Daughters of the
British Empire (DBE)
DBE meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 1:30 p.m. at St. Luke's in the Conference Room with the exception of the summer months.

Visit for more info or contact Diane Reddy.
Foster Care Info Nights: Foster Adoptive Network
Attend a foster care orientation meeting at St. Luke's in the Parish Hall on the 3rd Thursday of the month, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Next one is May 17. For more info, call AZ Children's Association at 928-443-1991.

Girl Scouts Troop 79

Troop 79 meets on Sunday afternoons at 1:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. For more information on the troop, click here to email the troop leader, Donna Dotzler.

Boy Scouts Troop 10
Troop 10 meets on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. For more information on the troop, click   here to email the troop leader.

Prescott Chamber Orchestra
The Prescott Chamber Orchestra holds its weekly rehearsals and concerts at St. Luke's. The next concert of the season is April 28 at 2:30 p.m. Visit for more information and tickets.

Prescott Chorale
The Prescott Chorale holds its weekly rehearsals on Tuesday evenings and concerts at St. Luke's. Dennis Houser, our Music Director, is the Director.
The next performance will take place on Saturday, June 9.
Visit for tickets and more information.
In the Community
Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity

You are invited to a social event on May 5 to Explore Habitat!! Click here to learn more!!

For general information on Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity and for information for this event, visit For Family Selection Criteria brochure, click  here .

Service Schedule
Sunday Services:  
Saturday 5:30 pm Spoken Eucharist
 Sunday 8:00 am  Eucharist with hymns
Sunday 10:00 am Eucharist with Choir

Weekday Services:
  • Wednesday 10 am           Healing Service with Communion
  • Thursday 9:00 am            Morning Prayer 
  • 2nd & 4th Friday 9 am     Centering Prayer
Parish Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 1 to 4 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Church Website
The Sunday bulletin is available at the Worship bulletins section .
Our calendar is available at the Calendar section.

St Luke's Episcopal Church 

Please contact the church office
by email or phone.

Phone: (928) 778-4499